Communicate with the Lab...via Videos and Photos!

Use Your Phone to Communicate With The Lab About Dentures... and Not By Dialing Our Number.
How many times have you done a denture wax try-in that just was not how you or the patient wanted it?How do you go about communicating this to the laboratory? 
Often, it is difficult to describe or just takes too many words on a prescription.As many of you know, I am an advocate of using clinical photography for most of my cases.With dentures, it’s unusual to get clinical photography at the laboratory.Honestly, a picture is truly worth a thousand words for try-in evaluation.Our technicians are quite adept at studying a photograph and appreciating changes that should be implemented.

Your phones are typically in a convenient pocket so why not whip them out and get some photography?

This patient was very concerned not to show so much lower incisor, however, she did not want a great deal of upper incisor to reveal either.The photographs aided this case.The technician immediately knew that he would have…



NADL stands for National Association of Dental Laboratories. And the NADL has a pretty neat mission behind that name too.The NADL aggressively advances the dental laboratory technology industry and its members through advocacy, education, standards and services. The NADL is the dental laboratory industry’s respected authority, delivering the highest standards to ensure the members are viewed as valued professionals on the dental health team.
The NADL carries out so many wonderful things for the dental industry.  They have even launched the WHAT'S IN YOUR MOUTH campaign to highlight the role and value of a trained and educated dental technician as part of the dental restorative team.
We encourage you to check out NADL's homepage or the new campaign page (linked above) for tons of helpful tips and reads on the forward advocating movements taking place in the dental industry.
Happy Teething Everyone!

30 Awesome Things To Do in Retirement

Although completely random, today's blog is pretty appropriate.

We had a wonderful, kind, hard-working technician retire from the lab today.

He's worked at Drake since 1990.
Since I was in Kindergarten.

On the days that I feel exhausted by my young children and 15 year career, I can think about our retired friend who has put in many many more years than me. 
He's earned his time to venture on to slower things,
or nothing at all.

Congrats, Gary! Best Wishes.

If you're in the market for new adventures, check this article out!It's called 30 Awesome Things To Do in Retirement The rest of us will be here cheering you on for another few decades or so...
 29. Drive a Big Rig

m i l l i n g w i t h d r a k e

As dental technicians, we're so thankful to work in a laboratory that provides us with machines and technology to streamline and perfect our work - all while adding the glory of our hands and artistic skills that every custom product needs. Here's a little view into our world of milling zirconia!

Our Celtra Story

Check out our Celtra Story in this video by Dentsply Sirona !
See how our lab has begun to incorporate this new product into our workflow and is organically nurturing it's growth and welcoming it's unique characteristics and benefits.


Enter the Clear Clone Denture Technique (part 3) Clinical Technique
You have the C3 dentures back from Drake. Time to get impressions and jaw relation records. Be sure to have the following:
Heavy body fast set PVS (I use Kettenbach Panasil)Light body REGULAR SET (I use Kettenbach Panasil)PVS adhesive (use same brand as impression material)Acrylic BursCameraDisposable brushPerio Probe

It’s a good idea to try the C3s in the mouth.Make sure they do not impinge on any tissues.Its easy to look through the clear acrylic and see if there are any heavy pressure points.Additionally, make sure the occlusion is reasonably stable between the C3 and whatever it opposes.You don’t need perfect occlusion with 22 stops.Just a handful of contacts that are stable and the C3 is not rocking about.Adjust occlusion if needed.

Note the pressure points on the mandibular along the premolar border areas.It’s a good idea to relieve these with your acrylic bur.
Check border extensions.If you desire to extend borders, n…


Enter the Clear Clone Denture Technique (Part 2): Making the Duplication Flask
You have decided to duplicate a patient’s existing dentures.  Now, here is how to proceed.  Remember from last time, this is certainly a skill that anyone with dental background can do.  It’s a matter of selecting the correct materials, learning a few essential skills and then practicing those skills.  I have seen entire groups of doctors and assistants at evening courses create perfect duplication flasks on their first try.
I like to have my assistant make the duplication flasks while I am doing exam and consultation with patient.  The whole process takes less than 30 minutes.  Their teeth will be out of the mouth anyway so why not?  By doing this, you will save an initial impression appointment.  Even if the patient elects not to move forward with treatment, you are only out a couple of dollars worth of putty.
Materials you should have on hand:
·Vaseline ·SilTech Putty (Ivoclar) Don’t use the PVS putty you use…